Last year saw Dutch producer Numiscollect released a really beautiful Aztec Calendar coin, based on a huge stone version likely created in the 15th century to stand in the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. It was the debut release in a new series named Archaeology & Symbolism, a range showcasing objects that helped define cultures through history. Packed with detail, this large three-ounce silver coin went on to sell out at the mint.
Here we are in 2019 and it’s time for the second issue. Numiscollect have turned their gaze eastwards, moving from the heat of Mexico to the heights of Tibet with a reproduction of a Tibetan Mandala – the Kalachakra. The mandala pattern is used in many traditions. Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each mandala. Variants have been showcased previously on Art Mints excellent range that focused exclusively on these fascinating pieces of cultural art.
Like the first coin, this issue is 3 oz in weight and stretches out to an impressive 65 mm in diameter. As you can see from the images, the reverse face is jam-packed with acres of fine detail and there’s hardly a space on this side left bare. Smartminting and antiquing are employed to great effect. An impressive design, this would make a terrific companion piece to the Aztec Calendar issue, while being different enough to stand on its own. Unlike the first issue, however, this coin is issued for Mongolia and not the Cook Islands. As a result, the unusual ‘question mark’ full of symbols has gone, to be replaced by the emblem of the Mongol Bank. The concentric rings that dominated the background field of the first coin remain.
We love this type of release here. The subject matter can be perfectly encapsulated on a coin surface and it allows the designers and engravers to shine. This one again has a very tight mintage of just 333 pieces, and comes boxed with a certificate of authenticity. Available to order now, this has already sold out at the mint and will no doubt get much attention at the coin dealership. Highly recommended.